The entrance to Storm Lake, Iowa, on Nov. 16, 2017. Storm Lake is one of Iowa's more culturally diverse communities -- 38 percent of its residents are Latinos.
This is the first of a three-part podcast series titled “The Politics of Fear: What are we so afraid of?”
This episode explores the rhetoric of fear connected to U.S. immigration policies. It includes interviews with police officers, lawyers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and “Dreamers” to flesh out this topic.
“Dreamers” are young people from other countries who were brought into the United States at an early age without documentation but since have been educated in U.S. schools and have consider this country and its culture their home.
Read more about the proposed federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2017 here and a Republican proposal from September 2017 here.
Madeleine McCormick is an award-winning, radio news storyteller, and fourth-year digital media major at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.